Ebensburg man faces charges

Police: Lauffer threatened to kill delivery drivers

EBENSBURG — A dozen criminal charges have been filed against an Ebensburg man who allegedly threatened to kill a number of delivery drivers after asking one if he was African-American.

Ebensburg Borough police responded late last month to the 900 block of West High Street, where Cody C. Lauffer, 22, of 910 West High St., Apt. 1, allegedly made the threats.

Police said they received a report of a man who was walking into and out of an area business, threatening to kill those inside before walking across the street and entering his home, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers contacted Lauffer at his apartment, but he “refused to speak … and just made noises,” police said.

About 15 minutes later, two men approached police to say they witnessed the alleged threats.

One of the men told officers that he was delivering beer at the nearby C&J Falchini Beer Distributor when Lauffer approached his truck.

According to the complaint, Lauffer asked the man: “What’s your name, and are you African-American?”

Police said a threat followed.

“You are in my city. Get out, and don’t come back, or I’ll kill you,” Lauffer said, according to the complaint.

Police said Lauffer repeated his threat several times.

Lauffer then approached a delivery man carrying dairy products, who was parked near Country Garden 6 Pack, according to the complaint.

As the driver worked to unload his products, Lauffer used expletives to insult him before issuing another death threat, a witness told police.

The witness also said he watched Lauffer chase the dairy driver’s vehicle as he drove down a nearby street.

Witnesses also reported a second incident at C&J Falchini. This time, Lauffer allegedly jumped in front of a delivery truck moving in reverse before again issuing a threat.

Lauffer faces four counts each of making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Online court documents show he also faces charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a separate case.

Lauffer was arraigned Tuesday and is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 13 before Magisterial District Judge Frederick Creany.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Lauffer was lodged in Cambria County Prison unable to pay 10 percent of $25,000 bail, according to online records.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.